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SAPPORO-MAKOMANI, Japan – Edwards snowboard racer Stacia Hoookom finished seventh Thursday in a World Cup parallel giant-slalom event, the best American finish.

Sweden’s Sara Fisher won her third parallel giant slalom World Cup of the season. On the men’s side, current World Cup leader Matthieu Bozzetto of France nearly secured the overall crown with a victory on severely soft snow conditions. Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug led the way for the men with 19th.

Rounding out the top three for the women was Heidi times two with Heidi Renoth of Germany taking second followed by Heidi Krings of Austria. Dejan Kosir of Slovenia and Markus Ebner of Germany went 2-3 for the men.

Hookom’s seventh posts another mark on her already banner year, with her sixth World Cup top-10, including a PGS second in Solden, Austria last October and an eighth place finish at the January World Championships in Kreischberg. The 2002 national champion has also snagged two podium spots on the year with the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, including a PGS win just two weeks ago at Mt. Bachelor.

World Cup racing continues Friday with parallel slalom followed by a double shot of halfpipe slated for the weekend.

FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP

Sapporo-Makomani, JPN – Feb. 27

Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

1. Sara Fischer, Sweden

2. Heidi Renoth, Germany

3. Heidi Krings, Austria

4. Aprilia Hagglof, Sweden

5. Ursula Bruhin, Switzerland

6. Aimee Newton, Canada

7. Stacia Hookom, Edwards, CO

8. Ran Iida, Japan

24. Michelle Gorgone, Sudbury, MA

28. Lisa Kosglow, Boulder, CO

35. Lynn Ott, Bend, OR

Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom

1. Mathieu Bozzetto, France

2. Dejan Kosir, Slovenia

3. Markus Ebner, Germany

4. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada

5. Felix Stadler, Austria

6. Alexander Maier, Austria

7. Simone Salvati, Italy

8. Gilles Jaquet, Switzerland

19. Chris Klug, Aspen, CO

26. Pete Thorndike, Meredith, NH

27. Tyler Jewell, Sudbury, MA

31. Eric Warren, Bennington, VT

34. Ryan McDonald, Entiat, WA

DQ Adam Smith, Tangent, OR


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